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Archive for January, 2006

John Dewey’s Democracy and Education is available in its entirety online for free. Click here to read it! I like these hyperlinked books because you can read it in chunks.

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Writing

I like this quote: “It is with words as with sunbeams–the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.”–Robert Southey

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Happy New Year


Happy New Year to everyone!

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Did anyone read the latest 2006 “What’s Hot, What’s Not for 2006” in the International Reading Association’s “Reading Today” publication? I always feel like I’m sort of behind the curve on being interested in the hot topics. WHere is New Literacies on this list? It mentioned technology and it said it was “Not Hot”. How could that be? hmmm….I was also suprised that critical literacy was “not hot”. I’m glad to see English language learners is a hot topic because it definately is a crucial topic for all educators, not just bilingual teachers. Also, apparently, phonemic awareness is slipping as a hot topic. I wonder why?

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I don’t think there should be. I personally hated reading “A Tale of Two Cities” in 9th grade. No one should be force fed “English Literature”. That said, I love a lot of the classics, like Russian novels, Victorian lit, poets like Dickinson and others. I just don’t think students should have to fit the mold and be turned off to reading. Reading should be fun.

Here’s an artice from the BBC on adolescents’ “lack of reading stamina”. Apparently the teens aren’t reading 19th century lit. The question is, should they be required to? Why should everyone have the same taste in literature?

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